Council planning school takeover after ITV News Central investigation

Burton Joyce Primary School is currently in "special measures" Photo: ITV News Central

Education officials in Nottinghamshire are seeking to take over the running of a village primary school which suspended its headteacher after a special investigation by ITV Central.

It follows an inspection last month by the watchdog Ofsted, which put Burton Joyce Primary School into "special measures".

The county council will ask the Education Secretary Michael Gove to dissolve the governing body and allow the authority to replace it with its own Interim Executive Board (IEB).

John Slater, from the council, said: “The [Ofsted] report acknowledges the strength of the acting leadership team which has raised the morale and secured the commitment of staff to support improvement. However, it also expresses significant concern about aspects of the school, including the strength of the governing body."

Governors at Burton Joyce Primary School suspended the headteacher Margaret Gretton last November. The decision came 24 hours after ITV Central broadcast a report highlighting serious allegations about the running of the school. Ms Gretton is currently the subject of a disciplinary process which is ongoing.

An acting head teacher, Phil Palmer, has been in charge since Ms Gretton's suspension. The county council say he will continue in his role supported by the new IEB.

The governing body now has 14 days to respond to the council's proposals. Parents will receive a copy of the Ofsted report later today and will be invited to a meeting next week to hear about the planned changes.